Academic journal article Georgia Journal of Ecological Anthropology

The HTO Influence

Academic journal article Georgia Journal of Ecological Anthropology

The HTO Influence

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The HTO Influence Maximum Power: The Ideas and Applications of H. T. Odum. Charles A. S. Hall (ed.) University Press of Colorado. 1995. 393 pp. $49.95 (cloth)

This volume grew out of a symposium held in Chapel Hill to celebrate the lifetime achievements of Odum and contains chapters by many renowned systems ecologists, most of whom are former students of Odum. Included in the book is a sort of "academic tree", tracing Odum's career through various institutions with over 100 of his doctoral students forming the branches off of the trunk. The book is divided into six sections, of which four roughly parallel the evolution of Odum's ideas themselves. Odum's earlier work is placed into context with the observation by Hall that there are now at least six scientific journals of which Odum published either the first, the first significant, or the first systems-oriented paper. These areas include ecological modeling, ecological economics and tropical ecosystem ecology.

The title of the book is based on Odum's thesis that maximum power relationships are generalizable in both physical and biological environments, but few of the papers in this volume explicitly deal with this. Instead it is a kind of guiding principle that informs much of Odum's (and his students') work. …

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